Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

    An AUP is a written agreement between an organization and its information system users, concerning Acceptable Use Policies, meaning that it details what can and cannot be done while using the district’s information systems.  Common Sense Media states that, “An AUP should protect students while also allowing them access to information systems, such as the Internet and any applicable networks” (2016).  

    According to Magid, it is important to add additional rules to protect children from anyone or anything that is inappropriate or uncomfortable, “I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable. I will never agree to get together with someone I ‘meet’ online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will make sure it is in a public place and I will bring my mother or father along.  I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents” (1998).

    While I was in the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, my main focus was on security. Security of the building and personnel, motor pool, weapons, classified files and information systems. Therefore, I had a large part in motivating the members of my unit to complete their AUPs, annually.  If it was not completed and forwarded to the correct office within one year of that individual gaining access to the unit’s information systems, then the Soldier would have their account deleted.

    I am not sure if a school district would be that harsh, but with today’s possible abuse of information systems by students or those exploiting children, via sexting, online bullying and harassment, etc. they probably should. This brings me to an important point: An AUP is only effective if it is enforced!

  The Scholastic Librarian Page states that you should have, “Students, parents and your principal commit to these rules by signing the contract. Be sure to post a copy of your AUP near each computer and remember that part of successful implementation of an AUP is making sure that someone in your school is appointed to enforce the AUP rules” (2016).

 Additionally, an AUP should include the following guidelines and be tied to the district’s code of conduct, while also being written in a way that students can understand what it means and what they are agreeing to follow:

  • Instructional philosophies and strategies supported by information systems in the district
  • Educational uses and advantages
  • Responsibilities of the Principal, faculty, parents, and students
  • Code of conduct governing behavior
  • Consequences of violating the AUP
  • Acceptable and unacceptable use
  • A disclaimer absolving the district from responsibility
  • State that access and use is a privilege
  • Compliance with state and national telecommunication rules and regulations
  • Maintain personal safety and privacy
  • Comply with Fair Use Laws and other copyright regulations
  • A signature page on the AUP for teachers, the Principal, parents, and students to sign, indicating their intent to abide by, and enforce, the AUP.


  1. Hillbrook School Technology AUP
  2. Campbell Hall Technology Values & AUP
  3. US Army AUP
  4. Joint Base Lewis McChord AUP



Common Sense Media. (2016). 1-1 Essentials: Acceptable use policies. Common Sense Media.

Education World. (2016). Getting started on the internet: Developing an acceptable use policy (AUP). Education World.

Magid, L.R. (1998). Child safety on the information highway. VA: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Roblyer, M.D. (2016), Integrating educational technology into teaching. (7th ed.). Online tools, uses, and web-based development, pp.173-179. Nova Southeastern University: Pearson.

Scholastic. (2016). Using technology: Why have a technology policy in your school or library?. Scholastic.



Annotated Bibliography

For my annotated bibliography for EDTECH 501, I chose to research how technology integration in the classroom and teacher professional development effect each other.  Also, what does this mean for the future of Educational Technology and mine as a graduate of such a program?

Although I only had to choose five articles, I found there are many studies that correlate teacher beliefs with self-efficacy, in using and understanding technology, and therefore effectively integrating technology into lessons within public school classrooms or collaboratively in massive online learning environments.  Additionally, I read many times over that teacher education and professional development will continue to change based on emerging trends in technology and therefore require continued education and budget flexibility.

Thank You for reading, and I hope you find my assignment helpful!  Feel free to provide feedback.

My Annotated Bibliography 




Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a website that users can subscribe to, in order to use it’s software to create presentations, like a version of Google Sheets or Power Point. It is very simple to use, easy to add notes and search for & select images, etc. I also like that it reinforces the use of short, bullet comments, rather than allowing a long, confusing presentation to be created. I’ve sat through too many of those.

For EDTECH 513, I created a brief presentation using Haiku Deck.  I incorporated ideas from a handout that I received from my son’s 1st Grade teacher, which is titled, “3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Core”.  I agree with the information presented and also that Parents (I know we get busy) can use these ideas to help our children better understand and apply the Common Core to everyday life.

The presentation I created applies the Modality and Redundancy Principles that I learned about this week.  It is short & concise, notes (as audio) support the main idea (on-screen text) of each slide and its images. This causes the student to use their auditory and visual channels to process information as the speaker reads his notes,  incorporating the on-screen text. Additionally, this type of presentation can accomodate different learning styles.

Furthermore, Clark & Mayer (2011) state, “there is considerable evidence that presenting words in audio rather than on-screen text can result in significant learning gains” (p. 115)  Additionally, the Redundancy Principle was adhered to, as Clark & Mayer (2011) stated, “the printed text (the on-screen text) is redundant with the spoken text (the narration or audio)” (p.133).

Feel free to comment on your thoughts of my Haiku Deck. Thank You!



Clark, R. & Mayer, R. E. (2011) E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 3rd ed. (pp.115 – 149). San Fransisco, CA: Pfieffer.




Project #1: Static Multimedia Instruction

Attached at the bottom of this page, you will find a short and easily understandable Online Security Tutorial that I created using my Facebook page and personal experiences with it. After the learner views my tutorial, he or she will be able to review and update their Privacy & Security settings on Facebook to protect their personal information. This will also provide the learner an idea of what he or she may want to update on other social networks, such as Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.

For this project, I used a tool called, Clarify. This allows you to take a quick “picture” of what you are viewing on your device and creates a “slide”, similar to Powerpoint, that you can title and add text. It then can be exported as an Adobe pdf and attached to a lesson or blog, such as I have done here.

To create this tutorial, I opened my own Facebook page and took a few different pictures of privacy and security related data and I also highlighted two different links within Facebook that can be used to view and update Privacy & Security settings. These slides were then placed in logical order after I was finished taking pictures. Additionally, I entered comments about the importance of Privacy & Security on social networking, along with a few helpful hints of my own on each slide. Last, I added red arrows and boxes to highlight specific text on each slide to help point the learner in the right direction. Then, I saved my tutorial and conducted a quick spell check. Last, under “File”, I selected “export” and “pdf” to save this on my desktop as an Adobe pdf document that I added below.

The properties of Multimedia and Contiguity are aligned in this tutorial.  The learning objective and overall subject of the tutorial is addressed on the first page.  The subject of each slide is addressed in the text below it, which is not overly explained. Next, the pictures on each slide match the subject of each slide and enhance the overall point of the slide. The overall tutorial is brief, easy to read and makes sense. Last, this tutorial was created using Clarify, which is a great multimedia tool that can be used to create step-by-step instructions for various subject areas. I believe that you will have a better understanding of why it’s important to protect your personal information and how to do so after viewing the Online Security Tutorial.

Online Security Tutorial


Using the Basic Suite in Education



word pic
Courtesy of Google Images

The EDTECH 541 textbook describes the principles behind Word, Spreadsheet or Worksheet, and Presentation software in the classroom and how best to incorporate into teaching and learning.

According to Robyler (2016) “A teacher can use it to support any directed instruction or constructivist activity” (p.114). With the use of ‘Word’ I find that it is easier to type notes, a report or summary than to use old-fashioned pen and paper. Additionally, I can use ‘spell check’ to help me ensure that my documents are error free. The best part is that students can actually read what they were writing down and edit their writing, quickly. I can’t tell you how many times I have scribbled down something on paper and when I went back to read it, I couldn’t. Not only that, but with Google Docs, you can access it anywhere, share and publish your documents for collaboration with your peers, teachers and parents.

I also create spreadsheets quite a bit at home and in the military for quick calculations and ease of producing graphs and other visual statements that support adjacent text. However, I did find that spreadsheets can be difficult to work with and use all of its functions properly, unless you have attended training or “experiment” as I usually do with new software. As Robyler states (2016) “Students new to spreadsheets must have time to develop skills in using the software before teachers can begin to grade their work” (p.125).  Therefore, it’s important to teach students how to use it, in small chucks, rather then expecting students to “just go with the flow”.

Presentations are an excellent way for students to digitally display their work to their peers, and a great way for teachers to assess their understanding of the topic being presented, along with their use of technology. Students can integrate ‘Word’ and ‘Spreadsheet’ software into their presentations and collaborate with their peers, teachers or even parents via Google Docs. However, the main concern with presentations is overloading slides. Slides should contain short bullet comments and graphics that support them, rather than an entire speech typed out on each slide, causing the audience to lose interest. As Robyler states (2016) “When a presentation product is well designed, it supports and supplements what the speaker says, using graphics and multimedia to give illustrations and drive home points with images and sound” (p.127).


Robyler, M.D. (2016). Chapter 4: Technology Tools for 21st Century Teaching. In Robyler, M.D., Integrating Educational Technology Into Teaching (pp. 106-137) Nova Southeastern University: Pearson.


RSS in Education

   Good Afternoon, everyone!

   I have created a lesson plan that is intended to teach elementary Math students about earthquakes, data analysis and graphing, while using technology. The technology used will be RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed, Google Docs, tablets and computers, Google Earth and use of the school’s Wifi, Internet capabilities and smartboards.

   Additionally, students will learn how to conduct research from viable sources online, work together in groups, cite their references properly, compile and display information from their research to support their findings, compare notes with peer groups, and finally present their final project to the entire class.

This lesson integrates Science, Math and ELA, however for the Common Core Standards it addresses, I chose the following: (depending on your focus, you could add or delete standards)

  • Mathematics
    • Analyzing mathematical patterns and relationships
    • Using statistics to draw inferences and make comparisonsS
  • Science
    • 1.2 Understand Concepts and Processes of Evidence, Models, and Explanations
    • 1.3 Understand Constancy, Change, and Measurement
    • 1.6 Understand Scientific Inquiry and Develop Critical Thinking Skills
    • 2.2 Understand Concepts of Motion and Forces
    • 5.2 Understand the Relationship between Science and Technology

I hope you like what I have created and please provide me with feedback if you have time. Thank You!